Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Carl Edwards (L), driver of the #60 Valvoline/O'Reilly Auto Parts Ford, poses with crew chief Mike Kelley (R) in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Taken aback by speculation that his crew chief change was made largely because of the No. 99 team's disappointing performance this season, Carl Edwards spent a good portion of a 20-minute interview session explaining that former crew chief Bob Osborne really is dealing with significant health issues. Then Edwards was interrupted by some good-natured -- but still fairly sharp -- heckling from fellow driver Clint Bowyer, who was sitting nearby. ''Hey, Carl! How many different ways can you explain how you fired somebody?'' Bowyer yelled. A day before his first race with new crew chief Chad Norris, Edwards went out of his way to say that team owner Jack Roush made the change last week because of Osborne's ongoing health issues -- and not because the team goes into Sunday's Brickyard 400 ranked 11th in the Sprint Cup points standings. ''I can't overstate enough that Bob is a very, very dedicated guy to our sport and he is going through something right now that would be tough for anyo...
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